Scientific: Geoffroea decorticans
Common: Chilean palo verde, Chanar, Kumbaru
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Origin: South America mostly in northern semi-arid dry forest regions of Chile, also occurs sparsely in Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina.

Pronounciation: Gee-o-FRO-ee-a dee-CORE-ti-cans

Hardiness zones
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Accent, light shade, xeriscape landscape design themes.

Form & Character: Rounded and spreading, inner canopy stiff and rigid, dry and desert like.

Growth Habit: Woody semi-evergreen perenial tree, appears to be moderate to 25 feet with equal to greater spread, often produces root suckers away from the main trunk that can ultimately grow into trees themselves to for thickets.

Foliage/Texture: Very small pinnately compound leaves, leaflets rounded to 1/4 inch long and in multiple pairs, light green, trunk character is outstanding; medium fine texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Wonderful profuse arrangement of orange yellow small flowers, fruit a small pod.

Seasonal Color: Orange flowers in early spring after late winter orange foliar color.

Temperature: Tolerant

Light: Full sun

Soil: Tolerant

Watering: Very infrequently, water this tree like you would a Parkinsonia tree.

Pruning: Elevate canopy base, establish branch architecture as it tends to have a somewhat irregular inner branch pattern.

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Chilean palo verde is not ommonly seen in the Phoenix landscape trade. Mature tree specimens are located at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. This interesting tree has a pesky side; it occasionally root suckers and reseeds.